Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cuban Government - Two Strategies

Cuban Government: Two Strategies / Juan Juan Almeida
Posted on October 16, 2014

The man looks like himself. That's why, I don't hit it off with hate.
It's true, I was born and raised surrounded by men who love to
speechify and believe themselves owners of the absolute truth, so much
that they imposed it by force with total impunity.

Maybe that's why some days ago was I surprised myself thinking that
separating myself from that government group to which I am genetically
tied, more than anything, was due to a strange defect or capacity that I
have for accepting criticism and enjoying those insults that for some
are attacks and for me, charming primitivism.

I learned. As also I learned to look at Cuba without passion and to see
that the Cuban government makes itself stronger every day relying on
division and that's why it uses two principal strategies: one — which
is a matter solely for Cuba and Cubans — and another for outdoors,
directed to planetary opinion and solidarity transforming our small
country in sustained headlines of magazines and news headlines.

Internally it divides society, twists co-existence and feeds the
ineffective culture of confrontation between generational groups,
between revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries, desirous of
prominence, but fundamentally between rich and poor because — as we
already know — socialism loves the poor so much that it multiplies them
to make them overrate charity.

Before the world it is something else, evident these days. The
government took advantage of the insufficient response of the
international community in the face of the crisis unleashed by the
spread of the Ebola virus, and executing a maneuver that besides
humanitarian is attractive and magisterial, turned itself into one of
the main assistance providers to western Africa sending 165 Cuban health
workers and preparing, always publicly because without applause there is
no victory, the departure of another group with 296 doctors and nurses.

Ebola went out of control in such a dizzying way that it made the health
systems of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone collapse; then Cuba, the
greater of the Antilles, the "blockaded" country, delivers with false
altruism economic and human resources to the noble work of saving lives.

Impossible not to praise; before such colossal facts what does it matter
to Ban Ki-Moon or any other important member of international
organizations, that in Palmarito de Cauto they kick another
"delinquent." Understand the irony, the correct thing is to say dissident.

I am not a red, I am a realist, which although it begins with R is not
the same nor is it written the same. I clarify because I also see that
the Cuban opposition continues gaining popularity, above all in virtual
spaces, but still it does not capitalize on the discontent of millions
of people, of a real population that is disappointed by the system, that
does not want to be represented by anyone who victimizes it. They
forget that Cuban society has been saturated with stories of sacrifice
and raising pedestals.

Reality seems to walk in the opposite direction desired by many. Cubans
want to smile and get to the end of the month without predicaments.
That's why they look with respect and even with a tad of healthy envy at
the new entrepreneurs (I don't like calling them self-employed) and at
the artists that prevail at opening doors. For them, these are the real
symbols of individuality, the true vanguard and the most effective
creators of popular inspiration because today even sovereignty is a
personal concept.

Translated by mlk.

14 October 2014

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